Mutton Tahari Recipe Hyderabadi,Tehari

Mutton Tahari recipe or mutton tehari or tehri are all mixed version of biryani or pulao/pilaf or rice recipes. This is also a popular hyderabadi recipe along with hyderabadi haleem.

Related recipes of rice recipes :

           Tahari is usually  a mixed rice recipe usually mixed with either mutton or vegetables. It can also be named as mutton rice recipe.

                        Mutton Tahari or tehari in this post is rice mixed with mutton or meat and cooked in some aromatic and flavorful spices. Teheri recipe or tahari recipe is something which can take its level below biryani and above Pulao or bagara khana.

                                                    This rice recipe here is made with mutton pieces and aloo/potato which are cooked well and added to rice.

                       Tahari is not only a famous Hyderabadi recipe but also popular all over the world and was popular with the muslim nawabs. Tehari can also be made using vegetables like veg tahari but has variations compared to hyderabadi veg biryani which is made differently by giving dum.

                          Rice recipes are very common in India especially down south and most of us are not familiar with the term ‘tahari’ or ‘tehari’ and therefore, I have decided to spread a word about this dish through my blog and create awareness about different recipes and their terms .

                         When there is no time for biryani and you would like to make something delicious then this pulao recipe or rather I prefer calling it as tahari recipe can be made with less time.

                          It is a simpler version of biryani recipe and one of the popular dishes in Hyderabad. Tehari can be made with either ordinary rice or basmati rice. It tastes awesome with any rice.

                           Worried about the side dish with Tehari ? ???  Then below  is the ans!!!

Tahari recipe - tehari

Side Dish For Mutton Tahari Recipe:

It simply goes best with any raita be it cucumber raita or onion raita or boondi raita etc….

It can also be eaten with onion raita recipe. Hyderabad is a land of amazing recipes and delicious food items from simple rice recipes to kebabs, biryani, pulao etc… and I would love to share this recipe and receive feedback from my viewers and comments after trying it out.

                         I usually prefer making tehari or tahari recipe with ordinary rice as I find that tasty especially for tahari  …but here in this post I go with basmati rice.

                      The tahari can be pressure cooked or slowly cooked in a cooking pot. We have to be a bit careful with the water as adding too much of water will not keep the rice loose.

           In this post I will take you through a method where I cooked Tahari recipe in an electric cooker but you can do the same in a cooking vessel.

  Watch the Tahari video below:


 Recipe Details of  Mutton Tahari Recipe below:

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Tahari Recipe,Tehari
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Recipe type: Mutton Recipe
Cuisine: Hyderabadi
Serves: 6-7
  • ½ kg mutton finely washed and cut into pieces
  • 2½ glass of rice(around 6 cups of rice)
  • 5 glasses of water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 medium sized onions finely sliced
  • 3-4 slit green chillies
  • 1 large stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp full shahi zeera( caraway seeds)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup diced potatoes( 1or 2 potatoes)
  • 1 cup tomatoes finely chopped( 2-3 tomatoes)
  • 1 cup beaten curd/yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp lemon extracted juice
  1. Wash and soak basmati rice for about 20- 25 minutes.
  2. Do not soak rice if you are using ordinary rice.
  3. Take a pressure cooker, into it, add oil and heat it.
  4. Add cinnamon stick, caraway seeds into it and saute.
  5. Add slit green chillies, add sliced onions and fry till slight golden brown.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a while to get rid of the raw smell of the ginger garlic paste.
  7. Add mutton/meat and roast it well.
  8. Add all the dry spices, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, mix well and cook for few minutes.
  9. Add diced potatoes and chopped tomatoes, mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.
  10. Add beaten yogurt, mix well.
  11. Add chopped coriander leaves and chopped mint leaves and cook until oil starts appearing.
  12. Add 1 cup of water, mix and tenderise the mutton by pressure cooking for about 3 whistles on low flame.
  13. In an electric cooker, add the soaked rice, add cooked mutton curry, add about 5 glasses of water, mix well.
  14. Check for the taste of salt, add garam masala powder, add lemon juice.
  15. Switch on the electric cooker.
  16. Cook until rice is done.
  17. Serve tehari/tahari with raita...
1.After pressure cooking the curry, if you find water content in it then reduce the glasses of water when adding water into the rice while cooking.
2.If too much of water is added then rice may not be free and loose.
3.If there is no water content in the curry, then simply double the quantity of water as with the quantity of rice.
4.If 1 cup of rice is used then add two glasses of water.
5.If one does not use electric cooker then simply mix soaked rice and mutton curry with water into a cooking vessel and cook until rice is done.

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  1. meena says

    Hi Asiya,
    your biryani recipes look yum , i am going to try them for sure
    You have mentioned GARAM MASALA in the BIRYANI recipes,
    can you please tell the ingredients that go in that ,
    as most recipes in other sites say ”’ GARAM MASALA ”
    and the secret lies in that itself !!!!!

    • asiya says

      Thank u so much for your wonderful feedback meena…The garam masala I use is homemade and I use a blended powder of cloves, cardamoms, caraway seeds and cinnamons.Hope you enjoy making it and all the best…

  2. Nina says

    I tried this recipe and it was delicious… A bold step to try something new when friends came over for dinner and …nothing was left…
    Thank you for sharing this recipe… I must admit I forgot to add the garam masala..nevertheless tasted fab.

  3. amal says

    il b making this with 1.5 kg of mutton.. any tips of whetjer or not to increase the amount of certain ingredients? eg onions for haalf kg is 3 so should i use 9 onions thn

    • asiya says

      The more onions we use the more spicy and tasty it turns out…Use about 9 onions and 3-4 tomatoes, and slightly increase the quantity of other ingredients like spices and herbs…

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